Getting into an accident is typically an unwelcome and unpleasant experience. From repairs to physical and emotional damages, the aftermath of an accident can take a toll for months or years.
If you find yourself considering pursuing compensation against a truck driver after being involved in an accident, here are some things you can expect.
Most personal injury cases are handled in civil court. However, when working with an experienced personal injury attorney, you may not have to go to court. The defense typically tries to settle the case beforehand to get the best deal for their client. However, your attorney will advise you on your best course of action because they have your best interest in mind.
A substitution the defense team may try to persuade you to use is an ADR method or alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration, mediation, or negotiation. The issue that can arise with negotiation and mediation is that the agreement is non-binding compared to arbitration, which can replace the need for a civil trial.
The ultimate goal for the injured party is to receive a settlement to cover the costs of physical and emotional damages. A settlement agreement may be processed more quickly when using an ADR method. This is because the defense hopes to resolve your case as fast as possible and not bring any unwanted attention to the legal matter.
Whether a settlement is reached through an ADR method or civil litigation, the injured party must recognize that there are no other opportunities to pursue damages for this specific case after the agreement is finalized. Typically when a settlement is reached, the injured party will also sign away any rights to publicly hold the defendant accountable for their negligence.
Considering Pursuing a Settlement?
While every case is different, individuals injured by truckers should explore all available options open to them to receive proper compensation. Working with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney sets you up to receive the best possible result.
Contact The Roth Firm, LLC at (404) 777-4899 at any time to discuss how we can help you with your case.